Jan. 22, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army gymnast Jesse Glenn earned another weekly accolade with his selection as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Gymnast of the Week after being named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week Monday following his performance at the West Point Open.
It is the first time that Glenn garnered AAA honors while picking up his second ECAC certificate after earning Rookie of the Week honors last January following his performance in a meet against Air Force.
The sophomore from Porter Ranch, Calif., captured the all-around title (85.85) and finished among the leaders in the six individual events as the Black Knights placed third (413.05) at the West Point Open behind ECAC rival William & Mary (416.7) and Penn State (428.1).
Glenn won the individual all-around title for the second straight year (first Black Knight to win a pair of titles) Friday evening in a challenging field dominated by a Penn State team that ranked fifth in the preseason collegiate coaches' poll.
In Friday's all-around scoring, Glenn finished among the top eight in all but one of the six events. He was first on high bar (14.8), sixth on vault (14.6) and seventh on floor exercise (14.8), still rings (8.7) and parallel bars en route to posting an all-around score of 85.85 (which was just 0.1 shy of his career high).
Glenn outpointed Penn State's Trevor Howard (83.65) to claim the title after finishing runner-up to him in a dual match hosted by the Nittany Lions on January 11th. Howard entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the country with Glenn listed No. 8.
In Saturday's individual finals, Glenn shined on high bar. After turning in the top score of 14.8 in Friday's team scoring, Glenn bettered that mark with a 14.9 to tie his career high, but had to settle for runner-up honors after being edged by Penn State's Matt Felleman's 14.95. Felleman came into the meet ranked No. 1 in the country on high bar.
The Black Knights are idle this week prior to heading to Houston, Texas, to compete in the annual All-Academy Championships on Feb. 1. Army finished runner-up to Air Force last year and will be in the hunt for the title. In the latest national rankings, the Falcons list 11th, Army is 13th and Navy 15th.